“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything,” writes the author of Hebrews (3:4). Reverend Bitu Mondhu and his congregation discovered the truth of this Scripture firsthand when he participated in Timothy Leadership Training (TLT) implemented by Resonate Global Mission.
André* did not want to live anymore.
But then he met Jesus.
Resonate Global Mission missionaries Pablo and Sheryl Canché partner with a ministry in Mexico City, Mexico, that serves people who live on the streets. Pablo noticed André one day while they were singing songs in the park where André spent much of his time—his clothes were dirty, he had a bottle of whisky in his hand, and he stared listlessly at the ground while mumbling to himself.
Pablo sat down beside André and asked him how he was doing.
“I hate this life,” André said.
On a sunny Sunday afternoon in Berlin, Germany, a congregation of immigrants and refugees from Eritrea gathered by a lake for worship and baptisms.
That same day, something inside Suzanne*, a natural-born German citizen, told her to go for a bike ride.
“I have heard German believers say they believe God has sent this large influx of refugees to Germany in order to bring renewal to the German Church,” said Resonate Global Mission missionary David Kromminga.
Fatim* and her family live in a village in West Africa that had known only Islam for more than a century—until Resonate Global Mission missionary Gwen* moved in and began sharing the gospel.
Fatim was just 10 years old when Gwen moved into her village. While many families were resistant to Christianity’s new teachings, Fatim’s mother was curious about the newcomer and her faith.
We live in a culture where every latte, sunset, or family gathering is fair game for a photo-op and social media post. But we have to be aware of how our love for photography and social media can play out when we are serving in mission.
Reflect on the following guidelines to ensure that your photography, social media use, and communications affirm the dignity of all people on your next short-term mission trip.
1. Give yourself boundaries.